I put together a list of 9 essential tools that I think all electronics lab must have. Either if you are just start building your own lab or want to improve yours, here’s the must have tools.
1. Soldering Station
For electronics projects that require a lot of rework and construction, you will need to use soldering tools frequently. However, even in simple projects, a soldering station is essential as lot of components don’t come with their pins attached so, you’ll eventually need to use the soldering iron. If you need some advice on getting the proper soldering iron, read: Best Soldering Irons for Beginners and Hobbyists.
2. Hot Glue Gun
A hot glue gun is not truly essential in an electronics lab, however I absolutely recommend you to have one, because that are very handy to fix things.
3. Dremel Rotary Tool
If you like to build your own robots, PCBs or whatever, a rotary tool is really useful so that your final project has a more professional look.
A multimeter is a measurement tool that is absolutely necessary. If you’re looking to buy one, I truly recommend you an auto-range multimeter. The auto-ranging is a great advantage, because it saves you of the hassle of having to know which range of value the electrical characteristic you’re measuring falls under.
5. Precision Screwdriver Set
This is a tool that at some point in your projects, you’ll need. I recommend one with a set of extension bits because you’ll need all of them sooner or later.
Tweezers are very useful to manipulate the small electronics components. The ones in the picture below have an extremely small and pointed tip, which is perfect for electronics.
7. Cabinet Organizer
This is not exactly a tool, but I thought it was so useful that I’ve included in this list. A cabinet organizer is essential so that you have all your components organized. There are a lot of cabinet organizers for electronics components with drawers that you can label, so that you always know where everything is.
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I have two cabinets as the one in the picture below, and I absolutely love them. No more struggles trying to find components.
8. Third hand tool
Many task are much easier with the help of a third hand tool, such as soldering, wiring among others. There are lot of hand tools with many different characteristics, fell free to choose the one that best fits you.
9. Self-adjusting wire stripper/cutter
A wire stripper is essential in an electronics lab. I have a self-adjusting wire stripper/cutter. All automatic wire strippers should be this easy to use!
With this wire stripper all you have to do is set the strip length, insert a wire, squeeze the handles, and you’re finished.
I wrote a post few months ago about my self-adjusting wire stripper/cutter, that you can check here.
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P.S. Here’s a another blog post that you can read that it is dedicated to Arduino modules: “21 Arduino Modules You Can Buy For Less Than $2“.